Saturday, December 29, 2007

Seven Medical Myths Revealed

We have been told by our elders that we should never read when the light is dim since that would hurt one's eyes. Well ... guess, it is not true. Here are a few more myths:

1. Reading in dim light will not damage your eyes.
2. You do not need eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy.
3. Shaving your hair will not make the hair grow back faster.
4. Eating turkey will not make you drowsy.
5. We use only 10 percent of our brains is incorrect.
6. Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after death.
7. Mobile phones are not dangerous in hospitals.

Source: Reuters

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Konkani Lullabies/Songs for kids

While we were expecting our dear Esha, we hunted the internet for Konkani songs on the internet but could not find any. We had to settle for a few (just a couple) of broken Konkani songs we knew but were able to manage with a mix of Konkani and English. These days Esha has caught up on English rhymes.

Below a collection of a few Konkani songs for babies/kids ... perhaps would be helpful to expecting parents.

Yo Re Cherda Dhavnu : Konkani Kids Song to motivate your little one to eat better. "Come running to me dear; Come with your milk and rice; Eat your milk and rice well; Grow bigger and stronger !"

Uth Re Krishna Velu Jello : Konkani Kids Song to gently wake up your little one

Purr Purr Re Kanna Gayi Mhashi : Konkani Lullaby to induce your baby to sleep

Phanther Phude Uttanu :A wake up song in Konkani for your toddler encouraging him/her to get up at dawn and complete the days routine: brush teeth, prayer, breakfast, school etc.

Paav Nandan Paav Nandan :Popular Konkani Kid's song to wean your fussy eater away from playing outdoors and get him / her to eat something ! Sung by Late Shri Surendra Prabhu and Gayatri Mallya

Kao Kao Yette Yette : Konkani Kid's Song about the activities of a peacock ?

Jo Jo Re Jo Bala : A mellow song to praise your child while also inculcating a sense of devotion to God.

Gongo Aylo Gongo : A playful kids song in Konkani. Best sung when chasing them around the house, playfully scaring them dressed up as a ghost !

Gajja Gajja Mallakka : Another funny Konkani Kid song that could be sung while giving them a bath and an oil massage.

Akka Makka Taak Nakka : Funny Konkani Kid's song about siblings, perhaps a boy and an older girl. The boy insists on having his sister share her "kelyan phodi" (fried plantain fritter) with him rather than buttermilk !

Jo Jo Srikrishna: Konkani lullaby by Puttur Narasimha Nayak

Disclaimer: None of the BayKon related people are responsible for recording/uploading these mp3 files. The above is a compilation of links to the mp3s on uploaded by some unknown third party.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

RECIPE: Fish Cafreal / Green Masala Fish Fry

1 pound Fish (any but Tilapia tastes awesome)
1 bunch
12 green chillies
2" ginger
1 pod garlic
1" cinammon
10 cloves
12 peppercorns
1" turmeric
1/2 lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh coconut
Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:
1. Grind above mentioned ingredients to a fine paste(ofcourse not the fish)
2. Marinate the fish in the ground paste(Masala) for a couple of hours (If in a hurry, can frying immediately)
3. Roll the marinated fish in rave and shallow fry until well cooked.

Recipe Credits: Sangeeta Pai

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Highflying Veggie

'm now watching Showbiz India on Channel#8 (KTSF).

There is Reshma, the TV host, interviewing Neha Dhupia, some Bollywood actress. Neha is here along with a troupe to woo the desis of US with her dance, "and stuff". We learn that Neha is now vegetarian; which of course means, she used to have non-vegeterian food earlier.

Reshma asks Neha, what made her decide to go veggie? Neha replies in the Bollywood 'U-kno' English, "May be, it's the flight from India to New York!" Wah! What a super answer! A stupid question, but a super answer! I will remember to use it the next time I am asked that most frequently asked stupid question.

It reminds me of my experience with an inter-continental flight.

Before you proceed reading any further, time for a WARNING. HAS GRAPHIC CONTENT. Some scenes might not go well with your appetite. Visualize at your own discretion.

It was during one of my annual India trips on the Korean Air, departing from SFO-California, when I had to forcibly fast, thanks to some confusion. If you had ever fasted, you would know that when you fast, the rest of the day seems to never end. What a sluggishly slow sadistic Sun! Look at the power of the letter S. It can convert a laughter into a slaughter!

Enough of alliteration... Taking you back to my story... I had pre-ordered "Hindu meal" on the flight, which for all the holy reasons that come to my holy mind, should be vegetarian, whichever way I look at it. Unfortunately, the Koreans decide what a Hindu eats on their flights! Hare KORishna!

As per the Korean Air website, a Hindu meal, classified under "Religious Meals" section, is:
- Meal prepared for Indian people.
- No beef or pork.

Holy Korean Cow, with those tiny Mongoloid eyes, I say! And ya, Holy to the Korean Pig too! No other specifications, especially on what is included in the Hindu meal is given. This you are supposed to learn when it is served in the flight. Talking of in-flight surprises!

When my food arrived, I opened the main meal package, eager to gulp it in no time. I first thought it was a roasted Korean cauliflower of some tasteless variety. No sooner had I gulped the first piece, than the tiny bulb in my head, which runs on plant energy, lit! Was that a chicken breast I just ate?! Or was it the buttock portion?!!! I never had either of those before, but I was damn sure it had something to do with the rooster family. It surely woke me up from my unconscious eating, and stopped me from doing more harm to the Korean chicken.

When I asked the steward to get me a HINDU meal, I was told, THAT was IT! I felt like expounding on the Sanskrit verse: tat tvam asi, but their broken English left much to desire. Had that chicken been alive, it surely would have sided by me, even though it had to go against its Korean brethren. That, I can bet on!

The bad thing about making a wrong food choice in a two flight trip is that you can't expect anything better in the upcoming flight too! My damn luck! On the next flight, I didn't even attempt to open the packed meal. I wasn't curious to know who will crawl out next.

Finally, the long-drawn-out growlingly empty trip ended with a joyous welcome from my parents. It made worth all the trouble.

[Note: To keep the content of this posting short, I haven't included the portion where the customs officer slaughters a starving veggie. May be next time...]

These days, when I plan my India travel, I ensure that I enquire everything about the food contents before buying the air ticket. The Korean Air's Asian Vegetarian Meal seems palatable to my pate.

While you are here, don't forget to check out the Korean Air website for their understanding of "Strict Asian Vegetarian Meal"!!! It says no to meat, dairy, egg, and root vegetables. If any of you has the courage to order it, do mail me your experiences. I would love to read it with a sadistic smile :-]

Until then, enjoy your weekend.
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